Sept. 17, 2012
Leading into the 2012-13 season, the Utah men's basketball page will periodically feature a new "Five Questions With...", to help fans get a little more insight into their Runnin' Utes. Senior center David Foster and senior guard Ryan Osterloh are the subjects of this edition.
1. What is your favorite basketball memory either as a player or as a fan?
Foster - When Chris Hines hit that 35-foot jump shot to beat New Mexico in the Pit.
Osterloh - Anxiously standing around the TV with my family watching John Stockton hit the 3-pointer to send the Jazz to the finals in 1997.
2. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
Foster - My wife Britta because she is always selfless and has supported me since day one.
Osterloh - The most influential people in my life are my parents. Words can't describe how grateful I am for everything they've done for me.
3. Do you have a favorite quote or is there an inspirational quote that means something to you? Who said it and why is it important to you?
Foster - "Vision without hard work is day dreaming and hard work without vision is merely drudgery." This is a quote that I heard on my mission and the words speak for themselves. There aren't any shortcuts in life and all of the greats in the world made it to where they are with a vision and hard work.
Osterloh - "The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right. Which one are you?" -Henry Ford. Confidence is crucial to everything in life, remaining optimistic is always better than being self-defeating.
4. Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? What are they? How long have you done them?
Osterloh - For some reason, ever since high school, I've always had to tie my shoelaces in 3 knots. No more, no less.
5. Who is your basketball idol and why? Do you also have a non-basketball idol? Who and why?
Foster - Bill Russell. His was the first basketball biography I read and I was impressed with his integrity and sense of hard work. His rings speak for themselves but his character off the court is what sticks out to me.
My father has always been my idol because of the lessons he has taught me. Commitment is the greatest lesson. He made sure that whatever I committed to that I would stick with it.
Osterloh - Gordon Hayward. His work ethic and the way he goes about his business is something to look up to. And he plays Starcraft 2 like a champ as well.
My non-basketball idol would have to be Rafael Nadal. His passion for his sport is really something to watch.